Conservative author Ann Coulter, in her Twitter feed, endorsed Dr. Greg Brannon in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, and blasted House Speaker Thom Tillis for his position on immigration.
“GOP can win back D senate seat in US senate! But NOT w/@thomtillis who wants amnesty (for employers, not employees),” said one tweet. Another tweet calls Tillis an “amnesty-supporting fake repub.”
Another Coulter tweet includes a link to Brannon’s online donations site. Brannon is a tea party favorite endorsed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Tillis campaign manager Jordan Shaw had a much different take on the Speaker’s position.
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“Thom Tillis has supported tough measures to give local law enforcement the ability to establish who is here legally or illegally and to require criminal background checks for those here illegally,” Shaw wrote in an email. “Lots of candidates talk about being conservative – Thom Tillis has made conservative change happen.”
The state House has failed to pass comprehensive immigration legislation in the past two years.
The state Democratic Party relished prospects of a bloody GOP primary.
“Ann Coulter’s endorsement of Greg Brannon shows the outsize influence the fringe of the party will have in the May primary,’ wrote Democratic Party spokesman Ben Ray.
The winner of the GOP primary will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in the general election.